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Monsanto must pay California man $80M in the case of tying a pesticide to cancer

Edwin Hardeman, right, sits with his wife, Maria, during a press conference in San Francisco, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A 70-year-old California man was awarded $80 million in damages over his claim that a weed killer caused his cancer.

A six-person jury in San Francisco returned, the amount for Edwin Hardeman on Wednesday. The same jury previously found that Roundup brand weed killer, is a big factor in his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Agribusiness giant Monsanto is facing thousands of similar lawsuits throughout the country. Monsanto said studies have shown that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer is safe.

Another jury in August awarded another man $289 million.

DeWayne Johnson, a gardener in a San Francisco Bay Area school district, sprayed large quantities of the product, sold under the brand name Roundup, a 50-litre tank connected to a truck during stormy winds. He said the product would often cover his face, and once, when a hose broke, his whole body was covered.

A judge later cut the price to $78 million, and Monsanto has appealed.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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